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Old 02-23-06, 12:40 AM   #1
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Tempted to Build up a Bike, but Terrified

I ride and like very much a Specialized Sequoia Elite, but lately I've become convinced that it's too small for me, and want to make a change. It's a Large (roughly equivalent to a 56-57), and with my 6'2" and 34.5 inseam I probably need a 60 or 61. How feasible is it to buy a frame on, say, eBay, or from some other source, and transfer all the 105 components, handlebars, pedals, wheels, etc. from the Sequoia to the new frame?

I've got a pretty good relationship with my LBS; is this bundle of installations something I could ask them to do w/o fear of a rebuff, and would they do it for a reasonable price?

Budget is a serious issue right now; walking in and buying a new bike just isn't in the cards.

Thanks in advance for advice.
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Old 02-23-06, 12:49 AM   #2
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I ride and like very much a Specialized Sequoia Elite, but lately I've become convinced that it's too small for me, and want to make a change. It's a Large (roughly equivalent to a 56-57), and with my 6'2" and 34.5 inseam I probably need a 60 or 61. How feasible is it to buy a frame on, say, eBay, or from some other source, and transfer all the 105 components, handlebars, pedals, wheels, etc. from the Sequoia to the new frame?

I've got a pretty good relationship with my LBS; is this bundle of installations something I could ask them to do w/o fear of a rebuff, and would they do it for a reasonable price?

Budget is a serious issue right now; walking in and buying a new bike just isn't in the cards.

Thanks in advance for advice.
If you have the tools it's easy. If you're asking this question I'd say go support your LBS. Good ones are worth their weight in gold...and need us to keep them going.
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Old 02-23-06, 02:34 AM   #3
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How feasible is it to buy a frame on, say, eBay, or from some other source, and transfer all the 105 components, handlebars, pedals, wheels, etc. from the Sequoia to the new frame?
go ahead and buy the tools you need and do it yourself, its very rewarding
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Have you tried a longer stem to give you a longer effective TT. This will allow you to see if this is what you need to address. What convinced you that the bike is to small? I have found that works best when you first start riding soon becomes very restrictive. Have you tried raising the seat to simulate a taller seattube? I believe that adjustments are almost unending until you stop improving your cycling or physical health. Make some adjustments and them make an educated decision on what you like from there.
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Terrified is a bit strong a word. Brain surgery? Yeah, I'd be terrified. But anything involving a wrench ain't that scary. What's the worse that could happen? You get halfway done and have to take the mess to your LBS to finish. Loads of great info out there such as parktool.com. It's relatively simple, though not always the most cost effective route. You will feel that supreme satisfaction when you show up at your next group ride and your mates say "Nice new bike" and your reply "Just something I built myself."
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It is not too difficult. One good thing to do is study in detail how a professionally assembled bike has been put together. Look at everything: size and number of headset stack spacers, placement of brake cable guides, length of trimmed cables, bar wrapping. You will need a few tools: metric sockets and driver, hex wrenches, a good cable cutter, scratch awl for cable housings, chain whip, torque wrench, maybe a pin spanner (check the pin size first), adapters for tightening the cassette and bottom bracket, small bits like cable crimps, rubber cable protectors, cable housing ends, low-temp loctite and a good grade of machine grease. A third hand tool can be helpful in setting up brakes. A folding bike stand is useful, too. If you plan on fitting generic fenders, a Dremel and cutoff wheel is useful.

If you want to support the LBS, you could buy some tools there. You might also want them to press your headset for you, but there are postings here that show you how to do it yourself with about $10 worth of hardware parts.

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